Dog abandoned on road needs surgery, new home


TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) – The MSPCA is hoping to find a new home for a dog who was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Taunton.

Cheddar the terrier mix was rescued by a good Samaritan after the car in front of them slowed down, opened the door, and tossed the dog out. The person then took Cheddar home and cared for him for several days before bringing him to the MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain.

Veterinarians who examined the dog found numerous puncture wounds on his shoulders and torso, which they believe are the result of an attack by a larger dog or coyote. He also has a hernia, which requires surgery to repair.

MSPCA-Angell is hoping the community will make donations to help pay for treatments for Cheddar and others like him.

“This is a dog who’s been through the wringer and we want to do everything we can to get him well and get him into a safe, adoptive home,” said Alyssa Krieger, community outreach coordinator for the MSPCA-Angell. “Our primary medical fund is often depleted due to the large number of animals in our care, and we’re hoping Cheddar inspires folks to donate if they can.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so through the MSPCA-Angell website.

Because of the unknown origin of the bite wounds, Cheddar will be placed under mandatory quarantine for four months. After the four months have passed, he will be put up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting Cheddar can email MSPCA-Angell for more information.

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